A 2-year-old Belgian Malinois named Inde shattered a dock diving world record when he dove 33 feet, 10 inches at the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge National Finals this weekend.
Inde’s mom, Vhoebe, who’s 6, had been the reigning National Champion since her record-breaking dive at the 2012 competition.
The dive was one of six athletic events in the annual competition at Purina Farms in Gray Summit, Missouri. The Olympic-like events test strength, speed and physical endurance. The finalists in regional events and last year’s national champions competed in the national finals.
Check out some of their amazing feats in the slideshow below.
Jason Looper of O'Fallon, Missouri, watches as Chewie, a 5-year-old Australian Shepherd and Labrador mix, competes in the Incredible Diving Dog event. The dogs dive off a dock into a 19,000-gallon pool of water to retrieve a toy. The dog that dives the furthest wins.
Jason Rigler of Jupiter, Florida, and his dog, Kai, a 6-year-old Australian Shepherd, compete in the freestyle flying disc competition, where dogs and their trainers perform aerial maneuvers and tricks. They're judged on catches, creativity, originality and field usage.
Cowboy, a 5-year-old Chesapeake Bay Retriever trained by Jason Kidd of PawPaw, Michigan, competes in the Fetch It contest. Canine competitors dive into a pool while trying to catch a dangling bumper. The dog who catches the bumper at the furthest distance wins.
The agility course features jumps, weave poles, tunnels, slalom gates and other obstacles. The dog with the fastest time and fewest faults wins.
Switch, a 3-year-old Miniature Poodle trained by Geri Hernandez of Riverside, California, competes in the agility weave competition. Dogs of all shapes and sizes compete head-to-head in an up-and-back course consisting of 60 total weave poles. The pooch who moves through the course the fastest — and without missing a pole — wins.
The event you don’t see above is the Jack Russell Terrier hurdle race, where members of the breed race through a long series of hurdles. Luckily, you can see them in action in the video below — which also has some dog’s-eye-view footage from their GoPro cameras.
Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge – National Finals, St. Louis, MO from Lauren Flemming on Vimeo.